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Armenian tragedy
Rost, Yuri.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.
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xi, 194 pages, 17 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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DK693.5.A75 R67 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
DK693.5.A75 R67 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

The focus of this book is on Nagorny Karabakh, a tiny but staunchly Christian Armenian enclave located in the predominantly Moslem Soviet republic of Azerbaijan. There, decades of bad blood between Armenians and Azerbaijanis erupted in violence in 1988, a year that also saw the region devastated by a terrible earthquake. Rost, a Soviet photojournalist, explores the roots of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict in the first half of the book; in the second half, he reports on the earthquake and how it exacerbated an already ugly situation. Though his views display a definite pro-Armenian bias, his reportage is characterized by an essential fairness for all concerned, as well as a thoughtful respect for the tragedies suffered. Anyone seeking a better understanding of ethnic and national strife in the Soviet Union would do well to read this book. Foreword by the late Andrei Sakharov. No index. --Steve Weingartner

Publisher's Weekly Review

Chaos caused by ethnic and territorial strife between Christian Armenians and Muslim Azerbaijani, exacerbated by the 1988 earthquake, is eloquently portrayed by Soviet photo-journalist Rost, who admits to favoring the Armenian cause. In a foreword, Sakharov alludes to politically negative effects the conflict could have on perestroika , which he notes awoke ethnic hostilities repressed by Stalin. Accounts by victims of warfare and earthquake and interviews with leaders of both republics and the U.S.S.R. animate this wrenching report, its drama preserved in an excellent translation. The book is prophetic of the current newsmaking escalation of conflict in Azerbaijan. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved